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Mary Hettmansperger, USA Alternative Surfaces, connections, and personal expressions in jewellery….

Mary Hettmansperger is a fiber and jewelry artist who owns Gallery 64 in Wabash Indiana, where she runs a variety of programs, including Jewelry, creative arts and cooking classes. She has taught Basketry, fiber Arts and Jewelry classes across the US for more than 30 years at a variety of venues including, Arrowmont, Penland, Bead and Button, Convergence, National and Regional Fiber conferences, Art and Craft Schools, Bead and Quilt shops and private Guilds. International teaching includes Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Caribbean and Singapore. Mary has authored and illustrated 4 books on Jewelry, Fabulous Woven jewelry, Wrap, Stitch, fold and Rivet, Mixed metal Jewelry workshop and Heat, Color, Set and Fire, all published by Lark/Sterling (Barnes and Noble). Other books include, Jewelry Design Challenge, 500 Baskets, Fiber Arts Design Book 7, the Gourd Book, Creative Scarecrows, Pushing the envelope, Fabulous Found object jewelry, Teapots - makers and collectors, Beading with Crystals, and Creative Beading Volume 2. Mary has had work exhibited at SOFA – through the Katie Gingrass Gallery. She does segments for the PBS programming - Beads Baubles and jewels and Quilting Art and has had her work published in many magazines, including, Quilting Arts, Art jewelry, Bead and Button, Beadwork, Shuttle Spindle and dye pot, and Crafts Report.

Alternative Surfaces, connections, and personal expressions in jewellery….

Students will learn a variety of unique surfaces using torch fire enamelling, patinas, embossing, and coloured pencils.   Students will also incorporate found items into the jewellery, allowing the pieces to become narrative and personal. A variety of cold connections and weaving techniques will be used instead of soldering to connect and create the pieces.   Students will use copper and a variety wires, embellishments and found objects to construct their pieces.  Students are encouraged to bring their budding ideas, and small personal found objects to discover the endless options for assembling and connecting. The goal is to find unique designs and approaches and use personal expression to create the jewellery during the week.  Students will have a vast number of new and alternative approaches to surface and construction.